The North West Woodcraft Guild had their annual exhibition and sale recently. I went along for a visit and to find out more about what the Guild actually do. The exhibition ran for two days over the weekend with lots of beautiful woodwork items on show (which were also for sale) as well as pieces of Tasmanian timber and woodwork accessories. An annual competition for Guild members ran during the show. People visiting could vote on pieces made by members. I wanted to vote for them all, as they were all superbly made and visually appealing. There’s no end to the talent of these Guild members.
The weekend also included live woodworking demonstrations during which you were able to watch these clever people in action. There were many gorgeous examples of this craft on display made out of lovely Tasmanian timbers. The pleasant smell of timber lingered around the room as you looked and touched these wonderful objects. I always find timber so tactile and inviting.
North West Woodworking Welcome
The Woodcraft Guild is located at 109 Reibey Street Ulverstone and is open to the public every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am till 4pm. They have a Gallery for display and sales of members work, woodworking accessories and instructional workshops. If you are a member of the Guild there’s a very well equipped workshop for use on site and memberships are welcomed.
The Guild is open to everyone who has an interest in woodwork with ages ranging from 8 years to 80 plus; from the novice to the expert; women and men. Tutoring in various forms of woodwork is available. Visitors are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm. There are also social activities through the year for members. The Woodcraft Guild can be contacted on 03 64257119 or by email.
Tasmanian Timbers: Sign of the Times
I first came across the North West Woodcraft Guild when I was looking for someone to make a sign for our farm. Through a few phone calls I contacted a lovely lady at the Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre who put me in touch with the Woodcraft Guild. They were only too happy to make a sign for me.
I decided on attractive Huon Pine, just one of the many different types of marvellous Tasmanian timbers the Guild work with. If you happen to be visiting Ulverstone or plan to do so, drop into the Woodcraft Guild and take a look at their Gallery. All the work on display is locally made. If you are a visitor from interstate or overseas… why not take a special piece of Tasmania home with you?
Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm about the ups and downs of her Good Life and occasional forays delving into the lessons of the past.
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